I agree, devs should intervene in this case. It’s basically a case of griefing, and it has walled in the city for 6+ months, not 3 months. I have no objection to someone doing something with their massive plot, especially if it’s relatively contiguous, but in the case in question the unnamed user walled in an entire half of the biggest city in the game and has permanently blocked expansion for an entire 50% of the city since it was built - and keeps plotting more plots.
You say Ultima is a huge city, and there is space, but look how a single player was able to block city growth for a whole city single-handedly. It is game breaking. Even big plot builders are deterred. Hashmalash (owner of Ultima City) is one. He plays less, in part because of how Red boxed in the whole city. I’m another. I own Ultima Mall and also the big black shadow on the map (see below). Look at how many people are replying to this. Red plot guy is hurting the game experience for hundreds of people, and Red plot guy isn’t even playing. I think the current balance regarding plot claims needs to be addressed. There should be limits to how people are allowed to make giant plot claims and then never use the land - big rectangular plots especially outside of cities should be ok. Big octopus shaped claims that basically wall in 20 people’s builds should be at the very least up for discussion and intervention by the devs.
It’s really a deficiency in the gleam club setup / buying infinite plots for cash. On the one hand the devs don’t want to upset their whales. On the other hand, literally hundreds of people who might play the game more or even consider buying gleam club or other micro transactions are turned off by deficiencies in the way the game is set up.
Maybe “gerrymandered plots” should be removable by devs. Note many builds are relatively square. The giant shadowed area is mine by the way; pretty sure the OP is hanging from my build while taking these pics I may be slowly working on it, but at least people see slow progress - and I’m not running around claiming plots in the shape of a sea kraken with 25 tentacles snaking our claiming everything available just so others can’t have it. I think this is a reasonable and moderate way to make a large land claim without griefing people or getting in their way - and if the Red claimed area is ever resolved, I’ll allocate 50 plots to building roads through and around my plots.
That is, if you want to claim a giant 50x50 area, fine, but if you claim a snaking 3x75 plot and never use it, not even to make roads, those undeveloped plots should revert to unclaimed over time - or at least be open to removal by devs. Perhaps you should have to go “mow the grass” on your plots once a week if you want them claimed but undeveloped as green space, or if you want to claim parkland, you should have to build roads through and around it. Or just state in the TOS that you can’t claim a giant gerrymandered plot unless you use it for roads. This is a big problem on many planets, but I think that by making the shape of a plot a criteria, devs can hone in on the problem without blocking legitimate land use. Rectangular claims good, kraken claims bad.
By the way, has anyone ever been able to contact Magenta plot guy? I haven’t seen him do anything in 6 months either, and a single road through a bit of his claimed land would help the city grow (though obviously as the OP’s awesome map shows, Red is the main problem). Hashmalash owns Ultima City by the way, to those who don’t know him - hi Hash! We miss you bud, hope you are well (and LOVE cathedral castle!!)
I know I for one would love to have new neighbors in the area. Evidently Red plot guy is actually nice if you can get a hold of him; he gave Cream guy that 3x3 to make his portal area. However, Red plot guy never plays.